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Plant Details

Common Name Botanical Name
Chain-Fruit Cholla, Jumping Cholla Cylindropuntia fulgida
Width Range 3–7 Feet
Height Range 6–10 Feet
Hardiness Cold Tolerance 15 °F
Native Location Sonoran Desert Arizona
Canopy Value 20 ft²
Design Style Hummingbird, Thorns/Spines
Flower Color Purple, Pink
Flower Season Spring, Summer
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Season Summer
Growth Rate Medium
Maintenance Level Low
PH Preference Alkaline/Basic
Plant Type Cactus
Seasonal Habit Evergreen
Soil Preference Sand, Rocky, Well Drained, Dry
Sun Exposure Full
USDA Hardiness Zone 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Water Requirement Low
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Interesting plant that gets its name from its blooming cycle. The flowers are followed by dry fruit, then the fruit stays on the plant and produces more flowers, in turn producing a 'chain of fruit'. As with all Cholla cactus, use caution and good judgment where to place the plants. Spines are vicious and painful, keep away from children and pets.